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Key to feeding poor

Pianist Bill King inspired to pen song for Stop Community Food Centre
Rhythms N Rhymes

The Stop Community Food

Centre is a food bank unlike
any other. And that’s why
jazz pianist Bill King is throw-
ing his musical weight, and
that of some all-star friends,
behind it.
The Stop, which has loca-
tions at Davenport Road and
at Christie Street, isn’t just
about feeding those less for-
tunate. Rather, in the words of
the centre’s director Nick Saul,
“it uses food to build commu-
nity, skills and self-esteem.
“It’s a nurturing hub where
people come to cook and grow
and be active,” Saul said on

TVO’s The Agenda. “They’re
not passive recipients of char-
ity, that’s not what we want to
foster in our community.”
Aside from offering break-
fast and lunch, The Stop
teaches adults how to cook This!
nutritious meals, shows chil-
dren from local schools where
their food comes from with
Errol’s can’t-miss lis

hands-on cooking and grow- Rockabilly lords
ing activities, and runs a sus- The Royal Crowns
tainable food production celebrate their 20th
and education centre which anniversary in fine
houses a greenhouse, a shel- style at the Cadillac Lounge
tered garden, community tonight. Everyone who
bake oven and compost dem- attends gets a free shot of
onstration centre. Royal Crown whiskey. 9 p.m.
King says a recent encoun- $15. 1296 Queen St. W.
ter with Saul “instantly sold

me on innovative ideas for Lula Lounge hosts
conquering poverty.” He was a salsa brunch
so inspired to respond to the party every Sunday
issue that he came up with PIANIST BILL KING featuring music
the idea of a benefit song by Luis Mario Ochoa’s
and proposed it to members Traditional Cuban Quartet
of Jane Bunnett’s African/ and a beginner salsa lesson
Cuban Blues Summit band. by Miko Sobreira. $25 cover
All jumped on board imme- off, Larry (Kramer) doing attention. His anger at the provincial government throws On Sunday, Dec. 5, Run- includes buffet brunch,
diately and volunteered their his Miles Davis mute thing, government’s lack of action in a measly 10%. nymede United Church once coffee, dance lesson, and
services as did Mike Haas, a and me providing the mash on the issue of hunger is evi- “That’s a serious problem,” again hosts its annual dra- the performance. Kids 12
Juno award-winning record- — pounding out some avant dent in some of the song’s lyr- Saul said in an interview. “We matic reading of the Dickens’ and under are free. 11 a.m.
ing engineer, who mixed the garde har monic clusters ics. need to get government into classic, A Christmas Carol. and 1 p.m. 416-588-0307.
song at Inception Sound Stu- underneath.” The group also Here’s a sample: “Food the equation. We have a right This year’s event features Bar-

dio. features bassist Roberto Riv- banks going empty, thou- to food in this country, but the b ara Budd, S core’s Noah Ace guitarist Levon
King says the recording eron and singers Shakura sands standing in line. While truth is thousands of people Reid, R.H. Thomson and CBC Ichkhanian and his
session was quick and mag- S’Aida and Stacey Bulmer. the man on the hill builds a go to bed hungry. We’re try- Radio’s Matt Galloway. $20. quintet will bless the
ical and he calls the song a King wrote War on Poverty palace of thrills and watches ing to raise some noise about 7:30 p.m. 423 Runnymede Rd. Richard Bradshaw
jazz/funk mash-up. “You’ve over the space of a few weeks our decline.” that.” All proceeds go to The Stop. To Amphitheatre in the Four
got the soul, the Cuban funk, and says he wanted it to have A little over the top maybe, buy tickets, call 416-767-6729. Seasons Centre Tuesday
the ’60s wah-wah guitar of “the same language of the six- but we should all be incensed NOTE: To purchase War on with sounds from around
Neil Chap man, t h e A fr i- ties” since he felt that contem- at the fact that 90% of The Poverty, go to Visit Errol’s blog at www. the Mediterranean. Noon.
can rhythms of Altaf (Velli- porary protest songs have lost Stop’s funding comes from tracks/SCPASKJQNCQL-war- musicinthemessage. Free. 145 Queen St. W.
ani), Jane blowing the roof the ability to grab people’s private sources and that the on-poverty.